The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has commenced the Lagos@50 celebrations with a movie premiere, ‘Wakaa The Musical’, assuring youths of the government’s resolve to boost the state economy through support for entrepreneurship.
He said the government would provide an enabling environment and make policies that would enhance the success of business initiatives.
Ambode, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, spoke at the premiere on Saturday at the new Terra Kulture Arena on the Victoria Island.
He said, “On our part, we are determined and committed to fully explore all the possibilities presented by this moment to lay a solid foundation for another glorious and prosperous 50 years. This golden jubilee, therefore, presents a unique opportunity for us not only to celebrate our achievements, but also showcase to the entire world the immense potential waiting to be tapped in our dear state.”
He lauded the founder of the Terra Kulture and Executive Producer of ‘Wakaa The Musical,’ Mrs. Bolanle Austen-Peters, for the initiative, noting that the actualisation of the centre was a reward for her selflessness, vision and courage.
Earlier, Austen-Peters said the premiere, a collection of plays, was a compelling story of the travails young people went through after graduation in a bid to achieve their dreams.
“Wakaa celebrates patriotism, honesty, diligence and the eventual success of excellence over mediocrity, greed and selfishness,’’ she said.
The Lagos@50 celebrations will feature a series of activities and end on Saturday May 27, 2017 to commemorate the creation of Lagos State on May 27, 1967.